Cardinal Sarah: Church Losing Credibility

Cardinal Sarah: Church Losing Credibility

Doubt has taken hold of Western thought. Intellectuals and politicians alike describe the same impression of collapse. Faced with the breakdown of solidarity and the disintegration of identities, some turn to the Catholic Church. …  But is the Church capable of responding to these calls? Certainly, she has already played this role of guardian and transmitter of civilization. …

Without a sacred foundation, every bond becomes fragile and fickle. Some ask the Catholic Church to play this solid foundation role. They would like to see her assume a social function, namely to be a coherent system of values, a cultural and aesthetic matrix. But the Church has no other sacred reality to offer than her faith in Jesus, God made man. Her sole goal is to make possible the encounter of men with the person of Jesus. Moral and dogmatic teaching, as well as mystical and liturgical patrimony, are the setting and the means of this fundamental and sacred encounter. Christian civilization is born of this encounter. Beauty and culture are its fruits. …

What is sacred for the Church, then, is the unbroken chain that links her with certainty to Jesus. A chain of faith without rupture or contradiction, a chain of prayer and liturgy without breakage or disavowal. Without this radical continuity, what credibility could the Church still claim? …

This is undoubtedly the reason for which Benedict XVI could authoritatively affirm:

“In the history of the liturgy there is growth and progress, but no rupture. What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.” …  Read more here

Comments (43)

  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    ED reading the above i cannot see anyone who is Agnostic come into the Catholic Church unless their of the LGBTQ2WXYZ mob looking for a Social Club . My God you have the Awful Jimmy Martin flying all over the World Literally sprinkling Fairy Dust wherever He goes . You have the Bishops in America who don’t want to be Criticised By Church Militant . So through the Democrat Jim Shea they have been refused the use of the Building where their Event
    Called Enough is Enough Conference directed against the U.S . Bishops cancelled they had already sold 2000 Tickets. The Event was of course going to focus first and foremost about Homosexuality within Higherarchy of Our Catholic Church ( not theirs) . Then you have Bergoglio going to China and selling out the Faithful Catholics for a reputed $2Billion Approximately $30_ Per Catholic. Of course the Auful McCarrick who Had traveled back and Forth to China had already more or less set up the Deal but we know He had to be Sacked as He is under Jurisdiction not to Leave The U.S.
    Then now we have as Cardinal Sarah points out Our Sacred Liturgy. But and here’s the big But .
    We know that Bergoglio is Planning an Attack against the N.O Mass itself. As I said to Bishop Toal . ” If you think that Bergoglio is only out to Destroy the Latin Mass your very wrong as He is out to Destroy Catholicism itself “. O and just another priceless piece of Information ED .

    Did you know that Bergoglio Himself says He’s fed up and very annoyed at us Catholics who Criticise Him on The Internet. He never named Particular Sites but were I you I would keep my Head Down. Who Knows He May Excommunicate You . 🤷‍♀️ Or give you the Boot . 👞

    August 14, 2021 at 5:31 pm
    • editor Reply

      FOOF,

      Yes, I believe he complained about his critics on the internet a while back (although perhaps he’s repeated his annoyance) to which I said at the time, loud and clear “tough!” Who, blankety blank, cares!

      August 14, 2021 at 7:46 pm
    • gabriel syme Reply

      FOOF,

      Then you have Bergoglio going to China and selling out the Faithful Catholics for a reputed $2Billion

      You may have heard recently that (in the US) a senior administration for the USCCB, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, had to resign after a Catholic website (The Pillar) conducted an investigation using legally obtained mobile phone data which showed that Burrill had been regularly using the app “Grindr” which is for homosexual men to meet up with strangers in order to, well, you know.

      This kind of app data is often legally sold to anyone willing to pay, as it is a lucrative money making scheme. Its the whole point of mobile phone apps (of all kinds) – the app owners make the bulk of their money by selling information about the habits of the people who use their free-to-use apps.

      The Pillar investigation also found that:

      during a period of 26 weeks in 2018, at least 32 mobile devices emitted serially occurring hookup or dating app data signals from secured areas and buildings of the Vatican ordinarily inaccessible to tourists and pilgrims.

      At least 16 mobile devices emitted signals from the hookup app Grindr on at least four days between March to October 2018 within the non-public areas of the Vatican City State, while 16 other devices showed use of other location-based hookup or dating apps, both heterosexual and homosexual, on four or more days in the same time period.

      So – be they clergy or not (most likely are) – there are a lot of active homosexuals within the walls of the Vatican. A fact I am sure which surprises no-one.

      One two occasions recently, including on the text introduction to his recent podcast, the Catholic writer Damian Thompson has suggested that China essentially forced the Vatican into signing the deal by threatening to release data showing vast use of homosexual “hook up” apps within the Vatican. China is, of course, a major player in the mobile phone world.

      I have not listened to the podcast yet, but you it is at this link: (the Spectator is a pay site, but you get free articles and the chance to try it free for one month. It often covers the Church).

      https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast/is-the-catholic-church-falling-apart-

      I would not be surprised to find that the $2 Billion – which China could find down the back of the couch – is misdirection, to make it look like the Vatican signed for financial, rather than reputational, reasons. Putting lipstick on a pig, as they say.

      Btw – after his recent disgraceful display of taking a mobile phone call during a general audience, we know Pope Francis has a mobile phone. I wonder what apps he has on it?

      August 14, 2021 at 9:21 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        I hadn’t read/heard that the Pope has a mobile phone and took a call in public. He totally lacks dignity.

        Even if I ever received calls on my mobile, I wouldn’t dream of answering them in public 😀

        Seriously, he is a disgrace. With bells on. Well, obviously, if his phone is ringing in public…

        August 14, 2021 at 9:56 pm
  • Athanasius Reply

    I disagree with this argument that there is “continuity” between the Mass codified by St. Pius V “in perpetuity”, the Mass of the saints and martyrs, and the new Protestantised liturgy of Paul VI. There is NO continuity between these two rites at all, other than the words of consecration, which, if correctly observed in the Mass of Paul VI, which has often not been the case, is the only element that preserves validity. The whole structure of this Mass was designed as a break with Catholic liturgical tradition in order to enhance the growth of condemned ecumenism, a great error that destroys Catholic belief.

    Hence, I do not buy into this argument of Cardinal Sarah and others who declare that Benedict XVI was preserving a precious legacy of contiuity that Francis is now seeking to destroy. God will not be mocked with a compromise of the sacred with the banal and so I believe that what Francis is doing is actually more honest than what Benedict did. Francis hates the ancient Mass of the Church and wants it eradicated. By so doing he at least shows his true colours as a committed Modernist, a destroyer of divine worship. Those who pretend a continuity between the two rites attempt to perpetuate the lie that both are equally pleasing to God. But how can the new rite of Paul VI, a rite that has destroyed vocations en masse across the globe in just 60 years be holy and good before God? How can such a rite that has resulted in the closure of countless seminaries and parish churches all around the world, while leading so many clergy and faithful to almost universal apostasy, be called a liturgy that produces the fruits of holiness? Did not its author, Fr. Annibale Bugnini, openly proclaim his intent when he said “we must remove from our Catholic Mass and prayers all that can be the least stumbling block to our separated brethren, that is, the Portestants”? And did not the same Fr. Bugnini later confess publicly that his new rite “represents a conquest of the Catholic Church”?

    Of course it achieved everything that Fr. Bugnini had hope for because it was copied from the Protestant Reformation’s apostate Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. It wasn’t “new” at all, it was straight from Cranmer’s blueprint.

    So long as Cardinal Sarah and others continue to disingenuously promote this so-called “continuity” between the two liturgical rites – Pius V and Paul VI – truth will never triumph in the Church. We must call out this new Mass of Paul VI for what it is, i.e., a very grave danger to the faith. It must be abolished altogether and the true rite, that of St. Pius V, the rite that sanctified so many generations of Catholics, the rite that filled the seminaries, the rite that saw churches spring up everywhere, the rite that fed the growth of religious life and stabilised the world, restored to its rightful place of honour in the Church without exception. Francis is trying to achieve the opposite and he will prevail unless those who recognise that he is the bitterest of all the bitter fruits of this new ecumenical rite of Paul VI drop their misguided idealistic narrative that both rites have a sacred continuity. They don’t! There is only one rite pleasing to God and its the Latin rite that existed throughout the centuries up to 1969 when Bugnini supplanted it.

    August 14, 2021 at 7:17 pm
    • editor Reply

      Athanasius,

      I did smile when I saw the reason why Cardinal Sarah thinks the Church has lost credibility. Sadly, the Church had lost her moral authority, and thus her credibility, way before Traditionis Custodes.

      Here’s Archbishop Vigano speaking about Francis – and he’s far from flattering…

      August 14, 2021 at 7:44 pm
      • Athanasius

        Editor

        Yes, Archbishop Vigano got it bang on – we have a non-Catholic Pope. The problem for the Church is that Archbishop Vigano is the only prelate brave enough, zealous enough for the Church and the faith – to actually declare a truth that all can see. Why are we not hearing the same repeated by the heads of the so-called Traditional institutions? Catholics need to unify in their outspoken defence of the faith and the Mass or Archbishop Vigano will simply be sidelined as an extremist by the Modernist eneimies of God within the Church. These must now know that any fragile compromise that existed under Summorum Pontificum – the illusion of continuity – has now been well and truly shattered and that Francis is coming for them!

        August 14, 2021 at 9:10 pm
      • RCAVictor

        It certainly does seem that we have a non-Catholic pope – or, to attempt a more accurate statement, an anti-Catholic pope – to which we might add, a non-Catholic hierarchy, composed of outright enemies of the Church, criminals and homosexuals, useful idiots, and those hiding in the shadows in fear of the Dictator Pope (or the Freemason assassins).

        However, regarding those hiding in fear in the shadows, the Apostles themselves did the same from Our Lord’s arrest in the Garden until His Resurrection, so perhaps the same thing will happen in some form soon.

        “Just when all seems lost…”

        August 15, 2021 at 3:33 pm
    • gabriel syme Reply

      Athanasius,

      You are dead right that their is no continuity between the Mass of Ages and the protestant slop served up in Parish Churches of a Sunday.

      We know that <20% of the content of the True Mass was carried over to Bugnini's fabrication – a fact alone which shows claims of continuity are tenuous at best.

      Francis has now confirmed it with his motu proprio.

      I have a great respect for Cardinal Sarah, but I am sure prelates like him only offer this "continuity" tokenism out of fear of what may happen if they do not.

      But, with the motu proprio – the cat is now out of the bag.

      August 14, 2021 at 9:27 pm
      • Athanasius

        Gabriele Syme

        I think Cardinal Sarah and the like also offer this “continuity” narrative as a way of salving their own connsciences for going along with a new rite of Mass that they now recognise as being at the root of the crisis in the Church. Archbishop Vigano is the only one, I think, whose putting his hands up and saying “I was fooled”. Now they will understand better the injustices sufferde by Archbishop Lefebvre.

        August 14, 2021 at 10:08 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Gabriel Syme,

        Here’s a quote that destroys the pathetic lie of “continuity” in one fell swoop:

        “At this critical juncture, the traditional Roman rite, more than one thousand years old, has been destroyed.” – Klaus Gamber, The Reform of the Roman Liturgy

        August 14, 2021 at 11:14 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    Athanasius I would have argued with you 5 Years ago but certainly not now. As I have said often it was through this Great Site that I found The Mass of Ages and it is Night and Day from the N.O. I am no Theologian but I certainly do not want to go back to the ( as you rightly say ) the Protestant Service. The fact again though as when I asked a Priest ( who will remain nameless)
    ” What do you think of those who attend The Latin Mass ” you of course know his answer
    “Their a Shower of Nutcases ” and as you said . You are proud to be one of those Nutcases and by God so am I . Any Catholic who attends the Mass of Ages more than once and doesn’t realise the Tremendous Difference it’s a Mystery to me . Also Tomorrow by order of Bergoglio down through our Bishop Toal will be our last Latin Mass .

    The letter BTW Our Bishop asked our Good Priest to read out was an Embarrassment. The Bishop said to us ” Do Not seek out another Latin Mass ” what an insult. As a comedian once said ” And their was more ” as if we were not attending the True Mass .
    I wrote Him an Email telling Him what I thought of Him . I have also sent Him an Email of the Diabolical S.N.P. saying Children can change gender at 4 years old .
    In it I asked Him to get together with other Scottish Bishops and Object to this Diabolical Gender Garbage. Whether he will do so, I have my doubts.

    August 14, 2021 at 7:42 pm
    • editor Reply

      FOOF,

      I know it wouldn’t be easy, but the fact is, the TLM priests do not have to obey any such unlawful command as that issued through this latest diabolical motu proprio. Archbishop Vigano has gone on the record to say this publicly, jumping in before I got a chance to say so, but that’s typical of the male of the species. 😀

      August 14, 2021 at 7:49 pm
    • gabriel syme Reply

      FOOF,

      I wrote Him an Email telling Him what I thought of Him .

      Good on you!

      I saw an email recently where someone respectfully asked him to reconsider. The writer pointed out that his diocese allows regular provision for the syro malabar rite. +Toal gave a curt reply, ignoring the bulk of the letter, saying only that syro malabar Catholics are “easterners, not roman catholics like us”.

      He is just a “place man” really, an oaf grateful for his position and who will follow whatever order he is given. If Francis declared that hopping on one leg, while barking like a dog, was the true liturgy of the Church – Toal would do it.

      August 14, 2021 at 9:32 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        Spot on about +Toal’s ignorance and unthinking subservience. Not to mention his double-standards. He continues to persecute Fr Despard (for publishing something of the extent of homosexuality within the Church in Scotland) while leaving the LGBT+ promoting Fr Morton in post.

        Makes one think, does it not? About this and that, I mean, does it not?

        August 14, 2021 at 10:09 pm
      • Athanasius

        Gabriel Syme

        If only Bishop Toal could grasp the eternal torment that awaits all those who hate the Tridentine Mass and do what they can to suppress it, he wouldn’t be so casual in his Protestantism. Poor soul!

        August 14, 2021 at 10:12 pm
    • editor Reply

      FOOF,

      I had an email today from a gentleman in the Diocese of Motherwell, who copied me into the following email which he sent to Fr Jim Morris of St Gabriel’s, Viewpark. Some time ago, we were appalled to watch this priest’s shenanigans at his Mass online. He wears a tartan stole, with “Mary’s Meals” emblazed across it. Others copied were the Vicar General and the Chancellor. I am withholding the writer’s name since I’m not sure if he would prefer anonymity online. He attached the photos to which he refers in his message, but I can’t copy them here – technical know-how lacking, big time. As you will see, he has cleverly linked his comments about liturgical abuse in Fr Morris’s novus ordo to Traditionis Custodes…

      MESSAGE…

      Dear Fr. Jim

      In the accompanying letter to “TRADITIONIS CUSTODES”, Pope Francis stated “… I am saddened by abuses in the celebration of the liturgy on all sides. In common with Benedict XVI, I deplore the fact that “in many places the prescriptions of the new Missal are not observed in celebration, but indeed come to be interpreted as an authorization for or even a requirement of creativity, which leads to almost unbearable distortions”.

      Perhaps you could explain why you feel the GENERAL INSTRUCTION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL do not apply to you or your parish and the acts of “creativity” and “unbearable distortions” go against the wishes of the Holy Father.

      In particular:

      328. Sacred vessels are to be made from precious metal. If they are made from metal that rusts or from a metal less precious than gold, then ordinarily they should be gilded on the inside.

      330. As regards chalices and other vessels that are intended to serve as receptacles for the Blood of the Lord, they are to have bowls of nonabsorbent material. The base, on the other hand, may be made of other solid and worthy materials.

      337. The vestment proper to the priest celebrant at Mass and other sacred actions directly connected with Mass is, unless otherwise indicated, the chasuble, worn over the alb and stole.

      346. As to the color of sacred vestments, the traditional usage is to be retained: namely,

      White is used in the Offices and Masses during the Easter and Christmas seasons; also on celebrations of the Lord other than of his Passion, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the Holy Angels, and of Saints who were not Martyrs; on the Solemnities of All Saints (November 1) and of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24); and on the Feasts of St. John the Evangelist (December 27), of the Chair of St. Peter (February 22), and of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25).

      Green is used in the Offices and Masses of Ordinary Time.

      Find attached pictures taken from Mass on the 24th June (01 & 02) and the 14th August (04 05 & 06).

      Fr. Gerard, as Vicar General, and Deacon Jim, as Chancellor, perhaps you could let me have the view of the Diocese and of his Grace as to these acts of “creativity” and “unbearable distortions”.

      Kind Regards
      Signed.

      I’ve thanked the gentleman for copying me into the email and expressed an interest in reading any reply.

      August 14, 2021 at 10:05 pm
  • editor Reply

    I hope everyone will sign this petition, which has come to me from our some-time French blogger, Lionel Paris
    https://lifepetitions.com/petition/sign-show-pope-francis-the-latin-mass-will-survive-any-suppression

    August 14, 2021 at 9:59 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      Editor

      Duly signed.

      August 14, 2021 at 10:09 pm
      • editor

        Athanasius,

        Me, too!

        August 14, 2021 at 10:11 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

      Thanks all for your support for The Mass of Ages in Cleland and your Emails and Letters to Bishop Toal . Having a discussion during the week several of the Sunday Congregation am sure will be looking for another Mass of Ages . As I said before,I really do not want to start going back to the Protestant Service. As for your petition ED sorry I won’t sign something Catholic to a Heretic, anyhow it won’t reach Him .

      If and at the moment it does seem a Big If Bergoglio makes that announcement about Non Catholics receiving Communion then as we say The Games a Bogey. In my last Email to Bishop Toal I told him exactly, that if He thought Bergoglio was just out to Destroy The Latin Mass then he is in for a Shock . Who knows Bergoglio may want His House for a Holiday Home in Scotland.
      Or he could lease it out to Film Rocketman 2 . As for G.Syme on Burrill. Yes I have read all about it and nothing surprises me that the U.S . Bishops are Circling the Wagons around Him .
      In all Honesty I don’t know where we go from Here except to stick close to Our Blessed Lady and ask Her to save this World. Not from Penguins and Polar Bears but from the Hand of Almighty God. Many of us on Here have Children and Grandchildren and Hope and Pray that they have a Life . O and here was I in my 70s starting to learn Latin and have had the rug pulled from under me .

      August 14, 2021 at 10:51 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    “Her sole goal is to make possible the encounter of men with the person of Jesus.”

    I’m completely sick of hearing this word “encounter” used by churchmen. It has nothing to do with the mission of the Church, but a whole lot to do with the navel-dwelling lingo of modern psychology and its Jungian occultism.

    It’s right up there with another loathsome expression: “We are church.”

    I wish Cardinal Sarah would learn to express himself in the traditional language of the Church, as Abp. Vigano has done.

    August 14, 2021 at 11:20 pm
    • editor Reply

      RCA Victor,

      Well said. I detest these stupid “in” words and phrases. People are so weak-minded. They just repeat the drivel and congratulate themselves on being “cool”. Did I just say “cool”? Goodness, what am I like? (Don’t answer that!)

      August 14, 2021 at 11:35 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    I’ve heard some traditionalist writers define the crisis in the Church as a “crisis of authority.” To me that is an effect, not a cause, the real cause being a loss of faith. And one of the reasons the Church has lost her authority is that she no longer speaks the language of authority, which is the language of truth. Instead she speaks the language of political correctness, which is a surrender to the world – esp. to the underworld – and more recently, the language of paganism.

    The Mass of Paul VI is, in fact, a prototype of political correctness, since it was developed to avoid offending heretics.

    If the Catholic Church cannot speak the language of her faith, then is it really faith? Or is it just secular humanism with a few casual vestments?

    August 14, 2021 at 11:40 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      RCAVictor

      Absolutely right. Paul VI, in fact, spoke of Vatican II as “humanist” and secular humanism is exactly what we got in the aftermath, what the same Pope later lamented as “the smoke of Satan in the Church” without, sadly, being able to make the connection.

      August 14, 2021 at 11:53 pm
    • editor Reply

      RCA Victor,

      Well, when it first dawned on me that there was a crisis, it dawned due to the dissent of various leading clergymen here in Scotland, in particular. When I say “leading clergymen” I mean two numpties who had managed to get themselves jobs in the print and broadcasting media. So, I’m quite sure I would have referred to the “crisis of authority” because they were dissenting from the teaching authority of the Church… However, in due course the penny dropped and I realised that we were naïvely expecting the bishops to put these idiots in their place whereas it just wasn’t going to happen… then, gradually again, we realised that it was not going to happen because the bishops themselves were in on the dissent, that these clowns were actually speaking and/or writing the minds of the bishops. Eventually, cos I can be very slow at times, believe it or not, it further dawned on me that the minds of the bishops were very far removed from the mind of Christ. Thus, ultimately, the light switched on and I realised they were not in possession of the Catholic Faith. THEN it was gloves off time. And the rest, as they say, is history…

      Now you’ll know why mothers of infants have been heard saying that I’m great at getting their babies over to sleep with my bedtime stories… 😀

      August 14, 2021 at 11:54 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Editor,

        I bet you’re good at peeling away the layers of onions….

        August 15, 2021 at 12:37 am
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        “peeling away the layers of onion…”

        – reduces me to tears 😀

        August 15, 2021 at 10:47 pm
  • sarto2010 Reply

    Editrix, perhaps you give us a quick lesson on “there”, “their” and “they’re”. I would, but I’m in the middle of blowing a gasket.

    Oh, and maybe throw in the difference between “whose” and “who’s”. Gratias tibi ago.

    And J. Toal was Rector of the Scots College in Salamanca. Enough said.

    August 15, 2021 at 8:58 am
    • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

      I didn’t know that Bishop Toal was Rector of The Scots College ,as av read lots of Stories that came out of their. Whether they were True Stories or just Fairy Stories that’s another Question.
      Again am asking a Legitimate Question Here . Is stopping Worship to Almighty God a Sin against The Holy Ghost, therefore a Sin that cries out To The Heavens for Vengeance. ? Am certainly no Theologian and would like others Views Please .

      August 15, 2021 at 10:37 am
      • editor

        FOOF,

        There are four “sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance”… They are…

        1) wilful murder
        2) sin of sodom
        3) oppressing the poor
        4) defrauding the worker/labourer of his wages

        August 15, 2021 at 10:46 pm
      • Athanasius

        FOOF

        The sin against the Holy Ghost is final impenitence. This sin is not to be confused with the sins crying to heaven for vengeance since these latter may still be forgiven if true sorrow and penance are forthcoming. There is no forgiveness for final impenitence because it is the ultimate rejection of God’s infinite mercy.

        August 15, 2021 at 11:47 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      Sarto2010

      They all went to Bishop Toal’s lodge for a very special ecumenical gathering. They went “there” in “their” own cars because “they’re” all getting too old to carry their little black cases on and off buses.

      And so they arrived and preparations got under way for the service in the lodge of he “whose” dislike for the Catholic Mass of the saints and martyrs has earned him much praise from his ecumenical brethren, and “who is” likewise hailed the protector of pro-LGBT priests, much to his ‘Pride’. And so the table was extended in his private room and the ecumenical tabernacle was placed atop. The offertory gifts were prepared and the bishops and ministers of various flavours gathered around in anticipation. The tabernacle was switched on, the Old Firm game kicked off, pies and pints flowed and they all supped happily together, each with his own religious preference and with no little vernacular “creativity”. At the end the little black cases were re-opened, the scarves, flutes and red hands of Ulster (with two fingers pointing to heaven) were put away again until next time, and all departed with a kiss of peace and a funny handshake.

      There now, how was that?

      I should point out here that I am one of the worst on this blog for inserting the wrong words into my sentences. I do know the difference but often fail in my haste to take note of what I’m typing. It would not be the first time I’ve read my comments back through my fingers, wishing with all my heart that there was an “Edit Comment” option!

      This reminds me to ask Editor if there’s any chance of such an option going forward. Tin hat time!

      August 15, 2021 at 12:13 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Athanasius,

        I’d much rather be occupied with your lucid theological writings than be bothered by rare grammatical errors….

        Meanwhile, don’t know which browser you use, but out of idle curiosity whilst between Masses, found this extension, check it out:

        https://www.grammar.com/

        And here’s one for Edge:

        https://microsoftedge.microsoft.com/addons/detail/grammarly-for-microsoft-e/cnlefmmeadmemmdciolhbnfeacpdfbkd

        August 15, 2021 at 3:43 pm
      • Athanasius

        RCAVictor

        Many thanks for your kind comment and for the link. I will use that to brush up a bit but what I really need to do is slow down on the keyboard and check everything before I comment. We have to put our hands up when we become slackers!

        August 15, 2021 at 5:22 pm
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        Nice one Athanasius about Our Lordship The Bishop. Question. Do you know
        if it was Porky Pies they Eat with Their Pints . As it seems lots of Porkies are going the Rounds just now . Or just Mutton Pies made from Their Sheep as their certainly not lots of Good Shepherds around.

        Seen as it’s a Feast Day a Funny Story. This Guy goes for a Job as a Bible Salesman. He has had Employment Hard to find as He Stutters. Anyhow the Bible Store takes Him on .
        First Day He asks for 50 Bibles to sell Boss says ” You’ll never Sell 50 Bibles in a Year ” Four Hours later Guys Back for another 50 Bibles. Store owner Reluctantly gives them to Him but thinks he’s being Conned.
        Four Hours Later and He’s back asking for another 50 Bibles.
        Bible store owner says ” Hey what’s your angle . My best salesman can’t sell 50 Bibles in a Month ” The Guy says ” We ee e ll it’s like thiiiiiiiis . I chaaaaap on theeeeeir Dooors annnnd sayyyyy . Would eh Woooood Yooooou Liiiike Liiiike to To to to BBBBBuyy By a BBBBBible or would or would or woooood Yooo rath rath rather that I read it too You .”
        Boom Boom.

        August 15, 2021 at 9:10 pm
      • Athanasius

        FOOF

        Speaking of which, I have always been wary of porky prelates. The tend to suggest to me men who serve their bellies more than God.

        August 15, 2021 at 9:56 pm
      • editor

        Athanasius,

        Sorry, when we did our upgrade, we got all the bells and whistles available. Instead of waiting until your post is published before checking, just cast your eye over it before you press the “post comment” button.

        Failing that, worry not – I do correct typos when I spot them.

        August 15, 2021 at 10:28 pm
    • editor Reply

      Sarto,

      quickest lesson ever, since I’m only just back at my computer after a very long day away…

      “There” has “here” in it, so it might be about a place… over there. It can also answer a question, e.g. how many people are on this blog? – “there are a number of excellent contributors on this blog..”

      “Their” – means your hat or your coat! Their hats and coats are hanging in the hall, which is over there. There are a number of jackets and umbrellas on the coat-stand as well, in the hall over there. All the bloggers like most of the topics but their favourites seem to be discussing the Mass and Government over-reach such as lockdowns, vaccine passports etc.

      “They’re” – well, when you see an apostrophe like that, you know there is something missing. A letter. In this case, the missing letter is “a” because “they’re” is a shortened version of “they are” – e.g. they are saying this blog is overdue an award, but although they are saying that, they’re not coming up with the goods!

      “Whose” is different from “who is” because who is going to give this blog an award unless there is someone whose love for this blog is also someone who is in a position to bestow an award…

      That’s the best I can do right now, as I’m falling asleep at the wheel, so to speak!

      Worry not, though, Sarto (and others) because if and when I spot a typo, I do correct it – exception being FOOF. He’d need the staff of an entire university English Department devoted to correcting his typos! He obviously types even faster than me and moi. And I really DO fast!

      August 15, 2021 at 10:24 pm
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    I have come across an article from Chris Ferrara which is titled ‘Bergoglio’s Big Bertha, simply meaning Pope Francis’ assault on the Latin Mass.

    https://fatima.org/news-views/bergoglios-big-bertha/

    August 15, 2021 at 3:59 pm
    • RCAVictor Reply

      Theresa Rose,

      Since Chris Ferrara labeled TC “Big Bertha,” I did a little research on that gun, the WWI German mega-howitzer, and found some telling details:

      While its shells were initially devastating and destroyed several Belgian forts, problems soon arose:

      1. the type’s precision fell off as the barrel became worn after even a limited time of shooting;
      2. the projectiles were quite vulnerable to detonating while still inside the barrel the moment after firing, and several barrels were destroyed in this way.
      3. The Battle of Verdun in 1916 proved to be the swan song for the Big Berthas, which were unable to penetrate the reinforced concrete of the modernized French forts at Douaumont and Vaux.

      Perhaps France, the eldest daughter of the Church, will likewise prove to be immune to the tradition-destroying documents issuing from the filthy, corrupt bowels of the Vatican, and may Francis’ anti-liturgical weaponry, and his entire traitorous pontificate, soon go the way of the German Big Berthas.

      August 15, 2021 at 8:38 pm
  • editor Reply

    I’ve just seen this news – prayers for Cardinal Burke who is on a ventilator due to Covid…
    https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/headline-news-around-the-world/item/5534-prayer-request-cardinal-burke-on-ventilator-due-to-covid

    August 15, 2021 at 10:36 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      Editor

      I will certainly offer prayers for Cardinal Burke. I believe he is a very well intentioned Prince of the Church, though not of the stature of Archbishop Vigano, who is a fearless champion against Modernism. It has always been a great sorrow to me that His Eminence still holds the SSPX to be schismatic. For one so learned and so apparently devoted to Tradition, his position on the SSPX is inexplicable. Still, we should pray hard for him at this time.

      August 15, 2021 at 11:32 pm

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